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FL Republican Crook Tells All About Efforts To Suppress Black Vote

ScrewedDo you trust a former Republican muck-a-muck who’s now in a hot legal lava pool and scorned by fellow members of his party when he starts trashing his ex-colleagues? Sure, we do! Here’s delightful former party chairman Jim Greer, in a deposition recorded in late May: “I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting.” Ha ha, sure, that must have really upset him, before he was kicked out and indicted on corruption charges. Nevertheless, he denounces the “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies” who have taken complete control of his political party, so let’s offer him the platform for a full explanation.

See, here is why we probably shouldn’t lionize this dick:

In a deposition Jim Greer gave as part of his lawsuit against the party, Greer portrays himself as a victim of a conspiracy against him while painting a picture of a party in turmoil that’s marred by loose ethics. But a secret tape released as part of the criminal investigation also shows Greer was worried about what party leaders knew about Victory Strategies, a company he and his executive director formed to pay themselves 10 percent of major party donations.

He was fine with all of these lunatics, see, when he was able to skim off some o’ that crazy people money for himself. He would tell the crazy parents that they were correct about Obama trying to indoctrinate their children with his address on the opening day of school, and they’d throw money at his party, and he’d steal it.

But anyway, this all sounds completely correct:

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“They talked about not letting blacks vote … and minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party,” Greer said.

He also detailed a party in chaos, saying elected leaders tried wrestling control of the party from then-Gov. Charlie Crist while “whack-a-dos” from the party right and tea partiers also tried to grab control. And he portrayed himself as getting caught in the middle as he stayed loyal to Crist

“The wing of the party that does not agree with Charlie Crist considered me a moderate chairman,” Greer said. “As was commonly referred to them, the whack-a-dos, the crazies, the right wingers. As Dean Cannon said to me one time, the people that want to destroy our Party are trying to take it over.”

[AP]

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86 comments

    1. Trannysurprise

      He was only illegally skimming 10%. That's about as honest as you're gonna get.

    2. Callyson

      These days, that's a contradiction in terms. At least for the Republicans who are active in politics (there are still some decent, if deluded, individuals who are registered with the Republicans, but more and more of them are GTFO as they realize that the inmates took over that asylum ages ago…)

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      "But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who's got the right to vote — they don't understand what's going on. I just think if you're lower income — one, you're not as educated, two, they don't understand how it works, they don't understand how the systems work, they don't understand the impact."

  1. johnnymeatworth

    "Here's to the whack-a-dos, the crazies, the right wingers…."

    Think different indeed.

  2. ChernobylSoup

    "After we close the clinics for the poor, we'll focus our efforts on skimming donations made to the party."

    "Good, good. I like what I'm hearing. Then what?"

    "We're embarking on a plan that will keep blacks from voting."

    "Get out!"

    1. memzilla

      He's just mad that he never got the Glengarry leads before someone else stole them first.

    1. ChernobylSoup

      Their fat little heads sit on their fat little bodies without a bit of connection… You can't wring their necks if they got no necks to wring. Isn't that right, honey?

  3. actor212

    I'm sort of glad he stole the contributions to the party by those parents.

    Take what ye can! Gi'e nothing back! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

  4. MissTaken

    So he was A-Ok with the voter suppression of minorities until they wanted to take away his 10% skim of the donations. Sounds like a swell guy!

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      I think gramatically, the descriptor "Republican" is added to prop up the much weaker term "crook". Totally acceptable in efforts to hone a phrase when one word just doesn't have the impact.

      Here's another example: Conservative insanity

  5. Blueb4sinrise

    BBC Olympic Update

    An hour to go now before the start of the ceremony and we have animals! It's a veritable Old Macdonald's scene: there are geese, cows, goats and a horse-drawn cart.

    1. bureaucrap

      Old McDonald and animals courtesy of European Infrastructure for Education for International Olympiad (EIEIO).

  6. SayItWithWookies

    Hey, did you know the Fourteenth Amendment provides for reducing the representative power of states that disenfranchise their voters?

    But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

    It has never been enforced, but it might be a good time to start — Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, are you listening?

    1. vasty_derp

      You are quite the constitutional scholar SIWW!

      This is especially interesting when you consider that many of these voter-suppression states are retirement havens whose voter rolls are- I'm just guessing here, but it's an educated guess- adding at least as many older voters as younger ones…

    2. chicken_thief

      Damn. Come here for the snark and actually walk away with some useful information. Will wonders never cease?

    3. bibliotequetress

      I love it when the Constitution makes my nipples hard! I am sooooo very much starting a petition this weekend!

    4. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Now that's interesting … "in any way abridged" is mighty broad language. I'd argue it even covers "inadvertent" abridgement by pain-in-the-ass voter ID requirements.

    5. arihaya

      except for participation in rebellion, or other crime

      you see, there is a reason they keep locking Blah people behind the bars

  7. ibwilliamsi

    Truth be told, any inside information about the wrongdoings of the Retardlican Party is going to come from a person under criminal investigation. There just aren't any honest ones who have knowledge of the crimes against voters that these people are perpetrating.

  8. FakaktaSouth

    the people that want to destroy our Party are trying to take it over.”

    I swear I am not now, and have never been an operative of the Florida Republicans – but I can always play crazy for a good cause. I'm in for the destroying.

    1. prommie

      I get the impression that kinda talk among the republicans is common. I suppose its common in any completely, utterly fraudulent organization, like Amway, or Scientology, for example, in which a small group of cynical manipulators is grifting off a larger group of stupid, crazy, or gullible rubes. Last thing they want is for the crazies to take over, that would "destroy" the organization, by which they mean their grifting operation.

      1. FakaktaSouth

        Far be it from me to ever get all Biblical or anything – but, you reap what you sow motherfuckers. You court crazy, wanna win crazy, do anything with anyone to support that nasty shit you do to keep getting the crazy vote? You get what you deserve. Nothing I like better than to watch these people eat their own – NOTHING.

  9. Blunderthing

    "I hear tell you're doing swell, good things have come to you/ I wish I had your good luck charm and you had a doo-wacka-doo wacka doo wacka doo wacka doo wacka doo…."–Roger Miller "Doo-Whacka-Doo"

    1. CrunchyKnee

      I will do my first shot to you this afternoon, ma'am or sir. Anyone who quotes Roger Miller is all right.

  10. CrunchyKnee

    Skimming 10% from republican party insanity loyalists is the only patriotic thing to do. They have cash, I mean shit, they get their Hoverounds on the tax payer dime at the very least.

  11. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Strange how all those laws Republicans say are there to prevent illegal Mexicans like John McCain, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio from voting just end up keeping legal Blacks and Hispanics from voting. No one can explain that.

  12. coolhandnuke

    His eyes in the photo are freaking me out… everywhere I go in the room they follow me staring at my wallet.

  13. sullivanst

    the people that want to destroy our Partycountry are trying to take it over.

    Hello, Mittens!

  14. chicken_thief

    Slightly OT, but he was never even close to being the ball player that his dad, Hal, was.

  15. pinkocommi

    Rethugilican disenfranchisement of blah voters in Florida is ALMOST as well-kept a secret as Charlie Crist being gay.

  16. calliecallie

    "a party in turmoil that’s marred by loose ethics…"

    If I didn't know better, that would sound kind of like Spring Break in Ft. Lauderdale.

  17. ttommyunger

    The Right is always guilty of overreach, the left is famous for not reaching at all and both are too sorry to give a reach-around: a pox on both Houses.

  18. Not_So_Much

    Holy fuckballs Batman! I always thought 'pig-faced' was just an insult. I didn't know it was a real "thing".

  19. Arkoday

    In other gnus: Florida reaches milestone of 1 million concealed carry permits. Methinks this dude is in some serious shit now.

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